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America’s Most Popular Bars In 2013

According to data collected by Foursquare, these are the most popular bars in all 50 states.

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Results were collected by our friends at Foursquare, exclusively for BuzzFeed.


Each bar was determined by number of check-ins in 2013 and overall ratings.

1. ALASKA: Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria, Anchorage

 

Rating: 9.0 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Specialty house brews on tap plus a huge pizza menu. And, if you can’t drink your fill while you’re there, growlers of Broken Tooth beer are available for carry out.

2. ALABAMA: Gallette’s, Tuscaloosa

 

Rating: 7.9 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Their signature drink, the Yellowhammer, is mixed big-batch style from a secret recipe, but it’s essentially jungle juice. The University of Alabama local bar apparently goes through 4,000–5,000 cups of the stuff every home game day. Roll Tide!

3. ARKANSAS: Dugan’s Pub, Little Rock

 

Rating: 8.2 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Live music, darts, a good beer selection, and a menu of Irish pub food that includes solid burgers, but also more eclectic things like Guinness chicken.

4. ARIZONA: Yucca Tap Room, Tempe

 

Rating: 9.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: There’s live music pretty much every night, ranging from open mike to rock to hip-hop. And, the Whiskey and Tap Room boasts an impressive selection of craft beers and micro-distilled spirits from around the country.

5. CALIFORNIA: The Abbey Food & Bar, West Hollywood

 

Rating: 9.6 / 10
Why it’s awesome: The legendary WeHo gay bar is massive, with an outdoor patio, multiple bars, fireplaces, and plenty of comfy booths. As the night goes on, the atmosphere gets clubbier, and barely dressed male dancers take the stage.

6. COLORADO: ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop, Denver

 

Rating: 7.7 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Within walking distance of Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies), the roof-deck boasts great views of the city. It’s a solid sports bar, with plenty of screens and way-above-average bar food.

7. CONNECTICUT: BAR, New Haven

 

Rating: 9.1 / 10
Why it’s awesome: First of all, there’s a mashed potato and bacon pizza on the menu (yes, please). There are multiple rooms, each with a slightly different vibe — a sit-down eating area, a pool room, a lounge, etc. — and a solid selection of house-made microbrews.

8. DELAWARE: The Starboard, Dewey Beach

 

Rating: 9.1 / 10
Why it’s awesome: The beach side venue is the perfect summer day drinking spot, with lots of outdoor space and a mind-blowing Bloody Mary bar. And every year, they host a “Running of the Bull” party that’s infamous among locals.

9. FLORIDA: Clevelander, Miami Beach

 

Rating: 9.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Located in the eponymous South Beach hotel, the venue has roof-decks with both city and ocean views. The pool party is rowdy and never-ending, and it’s the perfect place to slurp a Miami Vice.

10. GEORGIA: Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Atlanta

 

Rating: 9.5 / 10
Why it’s awesome: A comfortable-but-trendy neighborhood joint, the bar hosts trivia nights and various community events (see the hot dog eating contest, above). And every night, a fire pit lights up the outdoor patio.

11. HAWAII: Duke’s Waikiki, Honolulu

 

Rating: 9.3 / 10
Why it’s awesome: The beach bar at its finest, the location is absolutely unparalleled. If that isn’t enough — and really, that is enough — the seafood is delicious and always fresh, and the Muay Thais are strong, the way a cocktail should be.

12. IOWA: Wellman’s Pub & Rooftop, West Des Moines

 

Rating: N/A
Why it’s awesome: A great rooftop that’s perfect for a relaxing evening outside with friends. Plenty of beers on tap and a great place to watch the game.

13. IDAHO: 10 Barrel Brewing, Boise

 

Rating: 8.0 / 10
Why it’s awesome: At the Idaho outpost of Oregon-based 10 Barrel Brewing Co., you can pair your craft beer flight (or pint, or growler) with locally made charcuterie, artisan bread, gelato, doughnuts, and more.

14. ILLINOIS: Big Star, Chicago

 

Rating: 9.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Depending on how adventurous you feel, you can get a taco stuffed with anything from pork belly to beef hearts. And, every day there’s a $3 whiskey shot special.

15. INDIANA: Three Floyds Brewery & Pub, Munster

 

Rating: 9.0 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Three Floyds has a pretty huge cult following across the country, and is readily available in the Midwest. At the adjoining brew pub, customers can sample all of the brewery’s signature beers, as well as small-batch brews with limited distribution.

16. KANSAS: Free State Brewing Company, Lawrence

 

Rating: 9.3 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Well, “Because without beer, things don’t seem to go as well,” according to Free State. The beers on tap — brewed in the company’s 14-barrel brewhouse — are as varied as the clientele, making for a casual, welcoming environment.

17. KENTUCKY: Hofbräuhaus Newport, Newport

 

Rating: 8.2 / 10
Why it’s awesome: This German-style beer hall is perfect for a fun but laid back afternoon-into-evening outing: Long, communal tables, an outdoor patio, big soft pretzels, and even bigger beers.

18. LOUISIANA: Pat O’Brien’s, New Orleans

 

Rating: 9.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Every drink on the cocktail list is very colorful, and deceptively strong. You can order one to-go, but it would be a shame to miss out on the piano bar, or the lush outdoor patio.

19. MASSACHUSETTS: Eastern Standard, Boston

 

Rating: 9.6 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Come for the super-fresh seafood and expertly crafted cocktails. Stay for the refreshingly unpretentious service and neighborhood vibe.

20. MARYLAND: Seacrets, Ocean City

 

Rating: 7.8 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Sweet, slush-y frozen drinks taste great when sipped by the ocean. At Seacrets, you can do one better and sit at tables in the ocean.

21. MAINE: Novare Res Bier Cafe, Portland

 

Rating: 9.2 / 10
Why it’s awesome: It’s a rustic, brick-walled beer hall with 25 rotating taps, two hand pumps, and over 500 bottled beers. Offering range from popular American craft brews — including many from Maine’s own Allagash Brewing Company — to more traditional Trappist ales, German, and Belgian brews.

22. MICHIGAN: HopCat, Grand Rapids

 

Rating: 9.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: This Grand Rapids pub was voted “3rd Best Beer Bar in the World” by Beer Advocate, and “Best Brew Pub in the US” by RateBeer. With 48 craft beers on tap and a full food menu, you really can’t go wrong.

23. MINNESOTA: Lush Food Bar, Minneapolis

 

Rating: 9.3 / 10
Why it’s awesome: With bottomless brunch on the weekends and a crowded dance floor pretty much every night of the week, this gay bar is really more of a club, and definitely a scene. The food is decent, but the drink specials and pitchers of sangria are a bigger draw.

24. MISSOURI: Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood

 

Rating: 9.5 / 10
Why it’s awesome: The taproom serves a variety of house-made microbrews, including an exceptional coffee stout. Live music is a draw for locals, and frequent Cask Nights give patrons the chance to sip unfiltered, extra-hoppy cask ales.

25. MISSISSIPPI: The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, Ocean Springs

 

Rating: 9.0 / 10
Why it’s awesome: It’s not just a “joint,” it’s a destination. Get a platter of fall-off-the-bone ribs and a beer, and take in some live music (performers range from rock bands to blues musicians).

26. MONTANA: Iron Horse Brew Pub, Missoula

 

Rating: 7.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: A spacious venue with a long food menu that has something for everyone, this is a popular spot for large parties. And, take note: On “Martini Mondays,” all signature martinis (there are a whopping seventeen on offer) are just $5.

27. NORTH CAROLINA: The Raleigh Times Bar, Raleigh

 

Rating: 9.5 / 10
Why it’s awesome: There’s ample outdoor seating, a roof-deck for those who want a city view, and a sidewalk cafe for anyone who prefers to people-watch. There are plenty of microbrews available, but the real draw is the impressive selection of Belgian beers on offer.

28. NORTH DAKOTA: Dempsey’s Public House, Fargo

 

Rating: 8.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: A popular venue for local bands, the music is always on point at Dempsey’s. And, bartenders understand how to pour a “perfect pint” of Guinness, a talent that’s truly underrated.

29. NEBRASKA: Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Omaha

 

Rating: 9.0 / 10
Why it’s awesome: The sushi menu is a mix of traditional Japanese sushi offerings and more creative, fusion rolls. Eat your fill of always-fresh fish, then spend the rest of the night in the Sake Bombers Lounge, drinking as many Sapporo sake bombs as you can handle.

30. NEW HAMPSHIRE: Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth

 

Rating: 9.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Located on an idyllic street in Portsmouth, this place provides a cozy respite from the notoriously harsh New England weather. House-brewed beer is available on tap and in casks, and the classic bar food menu is comfort food at its best.

31. NEW JERSEY: Zeppelin Hall Biergarten, Jersey City

 

Rating: 8.9 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Thirty-foot communal tables give this beer hall a super friendly vibe that’s hard to find these days. American craft beers and European imports are on tap every night, and Thursday is BaconFest, with three classic and three new bacon special dishes every week.

32. NEW MEXICO: La Cumbre Brewing Company, Albuquerque

 

Rating: 8.5 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Inside the taproom of this small New Mexico brewery there are five house beers on tap at all times, plus another five microbrews from other breweries. The no-frills atmosphere is charming, and it’s really all about the beer.

33. NEVADA: Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, Las Vegas

 

Rating: 9.3 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Chic cabanas, private infinity pools, and a multi-million dollar sound stage with coliseum-style seating set the scene — and it. is. a. scene. — for sin city’s hottest party, all day and all night.

34. NEW YORK: The Biergarten at the Standard, New York

 

Rating: 9.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: New York City has more than its fair share of beer gardens, but this one, located in the Standard Hotel, gets points for sitting right on the High Line. And, it’s a relatively down-to-earth respite in the otherwise clubby Meatpacking District.

35. OHIO: Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, North Olmsted

 

Rating: 9.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: For starters, the custom Fat Head taps (pictured above) are hilariously unique and the beer is great. Be warned that the food portions are huge; you could order a regular sandwich, or, you could be bold and go for a “headwich,” which promises to be at least the size of your head.

36. OKLAHOMA: James E. McNellie’s Public House, Oklahoma City

 

Rating: 9.0 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Sixty drafts and 300 bottles is a lot of beer. Go on a Wednesday and you can pair one of said beers with a $3 burger.

37. OREGON: Bailey’s Taproom, Portland

 

Rating: 9.3 / 10
Why it’s awesome: The 24 taps are hooked up to a digital tap list monitor, so that you can see exactly how much of each keg is left, both at the bar and on the website. There are a lot of great, obscure beers on the reserve list, and plenty of board games on the tables.

38. PENNSYLVANIA: Frankford Hall, Philadelphia

 

Rating: 9.3 / 10
Why it’s awesome: At Frankford Hall, you get all the draws of a regular beer garden — quality beer, huge steins, long tables — plus ping-pong tables and Jenga. And in the winter, you can warm up by the fire pit.

39. RHODE ISLAND: Trinity Brewhouse, Providence

 

Rating: 8.8 / 10
Why it’s awesome: You’ll find a rotating selection of specialty beers on tap at this bar in downtown Providence. And, BONUS: for $50/year you can join the “Mug Club” and fill your 25-ounce mug with draft beer for just the price of a pint.

40. SOUTH CAROLINA: Red’s Ice House, Mt. Pleasant

 

Rating: 8.9 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Sitting right on the docks of Mt. Pleasant, this seafood shack serves impossibly fresh food with a stellar view. The selection is simple, but always served cold, and house cocktails are available by the pitcher. Try the seafood queso; it’s better than it sounds.

41. SOUTH DAKOTA: Sahara Nights Hookah Lounge, Rapid City

 

Rating: 8.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Sahara Nights has 50-plus flavors available in various combinations and sizes, and its shisha is serious business. Still, the vibe is super chill, and local bands take the stage most nights.

42. TENNESSEE: Honky Tonk Central, Nashville

 

Rating: 8.1 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Sure, it’s a little bit of a tourist trap, catering to the country music enthusiasts that flock to Nashville. Still, its each of its three stories has a huge balcony, and there’s different live music playing on every floor, making it a worthwhile destination for visitors and locals alike.

43. TEXAS: Lucky Lounge, Austin

 

Rating: 9.1 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Located in Austin’s Warehouse District and outfitted with ’60s modern furnishings, this popular bar is a neighborhood staple. It’s got a laid-back atmosphere, with a rotating calendar of live music and a Monday night comedy show.

44. UTAH: Squatters Pub Brewery, Salt Lake City

 

Rating: 8.9 / 10
Why it’s awesome: At Squatters Brewery, the focus is on making beer that’s not only tasty, but also locally sourced and as environmentally friendly as possible. The owners’ dedication to the community is reflected in the pub’s menu, which offers an array of locally made bread, cured meat, coffee, seafood, eggs, and more. Even if that means nothing to you, the $1.99 weekend mimosas are a great deal.

45. VIRGINIA: Whitlow’s on Wilson, Arlington

 

Rating: 9.1 / 10
Why it’s awesome: It’s a little tacky, but in an undoubtedly tongue-in-cheek way. There are plenty of TVs that screen multiple games at once, plus a Big Buck Hunter machine for anyone who doesn’t feel like sitting and watching sports. On weekends, there’s a buffet brunch and Bloody Mary bar.

46. VERMONT: The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington

 

Rating: 8.9 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Order a whole pint of your favorite beer, or try a half-pint of something new. In the summertime, patrons can sit at the picnic tables or on couches that line the outdoor patio. And for winter months, there’s a basement with darts, pool, and a working fireplace.

47. WASHINGTON: Brave Horse Tavern, Seattle

 

Rating: 9.2 / 10
Why it’s awesome: The outdoor patio is great, but if you prefer to be inside, there’s a huge skylight over the bar that fills the dining room with sunlight. There are plenty of great beers on tap, baskets of fresh pretzels to go with them, and shuffleboard tables for those who want to do more than just sit and drink.

48. WISCONSIN: Horny Goat Hideaway, Milwaukee

 

Rating: 8.4 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Located right on the bank of the Kinnickinnic River, you can walk, drive, or boat to this popular spot. There are 13 Horny Goat beers on on tap at all times, and in the summer the bar organizes and hosts a volleyball league on its outdoor patio.

49. WEST VIRGINIA: Mountain State Brewing Co., Morgantown

 

Rating: 7.0 / 10
Why it’s awesome: The brewery makes just five beers, but all are pretty stellar. Plus, the pizzas coming out of the giant, wood-fired oven are delicious, and they make the whole place smell amazing.

50. WYOMING: Snake River Brewery & Restaurant, Jackson

 

Rating: 8.5 / 10
Why it’s awesome: Snake River claims to be “America’s most award winning brewery since 1994,” which is pretty awesome, if a little ambiguous. The mountain views are gorgeous, and it goes without saying that the beer is good. The food is pretty great too — try the peach and chorizo pizza, or go with the more familiar pulled pork.

Correction: Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop is in West Des Moines. A previous version of this article misstated its location. (12/27/2013)

Correction: Frankford Hall serves a great variety of domestic and imported beers, but s’mores are no longer on their menu. (1/5/14)

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